The Tet offensive was an attack on the south Vietnamese, launched by the North Vietnamese
(Vietcong) in an attempt to bring communism to the south. It took place between January 31 1968 and
September 23 1968. The Vietcong had approximately 84,000 troops, the United States had 23,300
soldiers deployed at the beginning of the war and near the end of the war they had approximately
542,000 men deployed to areas in south Vietnam. The Tet offensive was an attack consisting of 3
phases, attacking over 155 villages,towns, outposts and cities in south Vietnam. It started when the
United States and the Vietcong agreed to a 3 day cease fire for the celebration of Tet(Vietnamese new
year). The fighting began when the Vietcong broke the cease fire in the morning of January 30 by
attacking Ban Me Thout, Kontum, Hoi An, Tuy Hoa, Da Nang, Qui Nhon, and Pleiku.
Phase 1consisted of drawing out the allied forces from heavily populated areas and then
launching attacks on the cities and lowlands. All of the attacks on the outposts were meant to be
diversions and not meant to do anything other than bringing the allied forces out, they succeeded in this
and got the allied forces out to the city borders. It lasted for 3 months.
Phase 2 began April 29 and lasted to the end of May. Fighting broke out when the Vietcong
threatened the U.S. Logistical base at Dong Ha. The Vietcong initiated the second phase by striking 119
targets throughout south Vietnam. The Vietcong withdrew after losing 3000 soldiers. The biggest defeat
of the war for the U.S. and south Vietnamese was at the battle of Kham Duc. 1800 U.S. and south
Vietnamese soldiers were isolated and under attack. The U.S. decided they did not want a situation like
the one at Khe...